Every child who needs a mentor
                           should have a mentor.

VMP is Moving!

Update your address books - VMP has a new home! Beginning in January, visit our team at our location near Willow Lawn, at:
4900 Augusta Ave
Richmond VA 23230 
Please direct any written correspondence to this location. We look forward to continuing our mission in the new year and in a new space! 

Save the Date and Nominate
VMP's 15th Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards Luncheon, a celebration of outstanding mentors and mentoring programs across the state, will be held  Thursday, March 23rd, 2017  at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. 

Those who joined us for the Virginia Mentoring Awards ceremony last year may remember the moving stories of William "Brad" Alston and Cassie Price, outstanding mentors of the year, and volunteers and staff from Virginia Beach READS, outstanding program of the year, as they shared the impact mentoring made on their lives. We look forward to reconvening to honor and celebrate mentoring at the Virginia Mentoring Awards ceremony in 2017. 

Know a stellar program or individual mentor deserving of recognition? Nominations for Outstanding Mentoring Program and Outstanding Mentor are now open!  Click here to access the online nomination form. The deadline to nominate an individual or a program is  January 13, 2017

We hope to see you at the 15th Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards! 

Link to Learning: Using Relationships to Promote Unity & Inclusion

In the spirit of the holiday season, we reflect on the importance of promoting unity, understanding, and inclusion through the formation of positive relationships. Check out the resources and stories collected by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership celebrating this theme of support, like  this example shared by Derek Shields, Founder & Co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition:

"In the United States, the disability community represents approximately 56.7 million people; roughly 1 in 5 people or 19% of the total population. However, only 59% of youth with disabilities age 18-20 attend post-secondary education compared to 72% of youth without a disability. According to a study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation , individuals with disabilities face low expectations about their ability to work and live independently.  Fortunately, the study also shows mentoring can help develop higher expectations among youth with disabilities and those around them."

Click here to read more of Derek's blog post.

For more learning resources, check out the  Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring  and the   National Mentoring Resource Center.

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2500 W. Broad St, Third Floor
Richmond, VA 23220
Support Mentoring Relationships 

We need your help. By making a year-end contribution to Virginia Mentoring Partnership by  December 31, you can help us continue to expand the number of matches supported through quality mentoring programs in the Richmond community and across Virginia. 

Your investment will impact more than just one young person; it will support hundreds of mentoring programs working with thousands of kids and their mentors each year. Thank you, in advance, for giving the gift of mentoring this holiday season - because no young person should have to walk the road alone.


Celebrate Mentoring this Winter
In January, thousands of mentoring programs across the country will participate in National Mentoring Month, a concentrated burst of public awareness for the mentoring field. Make sure your program takes full advantage of the opportunities to promote the benefits of mentoring. MENTOR has assembled a comprehensive toolkit with templates for messaging, calendars of events, and more. Download the toolkit here to make sure your program is prepared to celebrate mentoring in January, and catch up with a recording of the National Mentoring Month themed webinar.

The overarching theme for National Mentoring Month is Mentor In Real Life.  This reflects on the past 15 years of National Mentoring Month, real life mentoring relationships that have been formed and are thriving, and the incredible impact mentoring has had on the lives of young people, mentors, and the community.

Mark your calendars to include the following dates, and visit our website for more details:
  • Saturday, January 7th, 3 p.m  National Mentoring Month Twitter Party Kick-Of f
  • Tuesday, January 10th, 5:30-8pm VMP New Mentor Training. Register here
  • Thursday, January 12: "I Am a Mentor" Social Media Day
  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Tuesday, January 17: International Mentoring Day
  • Thursday, January 19: #ThankYourMentor Day
  • Wednesday, January 25: Virginia Mentoring Advocacy Day
  • February 1-3: National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the month, we want to hear your stories! Tag Virginia Mentoring Partnership  when sharing events, spotlighting matches, and thanking the mentors in your own lives. We look forward to celebrating mentoring with you in January!

Share Your Voice: Be an Advocate for the Mentoring Movement
2017 Virginia Mentoring Advocacy Day:
Come join VMP at the General Assembly on  Wednesday, January 25th 9:30am- 12:30pm to advocate for mentoring programs in Virginia! Participants will meet with state legislators to discuss the importance of mentoring in Virginia and will also have an opportunity to talk about their own mentoring programs. If you are interested in participating please complete this survey so that VMP can be sure to schedule appointments with your program's delegate or senator: 

Capitol Hill Day: 
Join VMP on Wednesday,  February 1st,  as we leader Virginia's participation in MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's Capitol Hill Day! On Capitol Hill Day, representatives from mentoring programs all over the country will meet in Washington D.C. with Members of Congress in order to advocate for legislation and policies that serve to create more mentoring opportunities for youth throughout the country. Click here to learn more and register. MENTOR is offering a webinar on January 12th at 3:30pm to help participants prepare for meetings with their Members of Congress by reviewing legislative issues and logistics. Sign up here.

Not able to make it to D.C. for Capitol Hill Day? Good news - You can still participate virtually from wherever you are and lend your voice to bring issues concerning mentoring organizations front and center to Members of Congress and their staff. Click here to  sign up  to receive more information about virtual participation. 

Program Spotlight: College Partnership for Kids
Founded in 1990, College Partnership for Kids (CPK) is William and Mary's oldest and largest student-led tutoring organization. As one of the Office of Community Engagement's four education programs, CPK has a dual mission to support our local schools and foster a commitment to education equity among our members. 

CPK has been able to establish a new mentoring component with support from Virginia Mentoring Partnership. This program grew out of conversations with administrators who expressed a significant need for mentoring in their schools. CPK's student leaders were able to receive the necessary preparation in order to facilitate their own mentor trainings. When they led their own initial mentor training, 100% of mentors said they felt well prepared to mentor, and 92% of them said they felt very or extremely well-prepared. 

The student leaders are excited to begin planning an event for mentors, mentees, and their families on William and Mary's campus this spring. Possibilities include sessions with athletes, student clubs, and visits to the W&M's Muscarelle Museum of Art. 

To learn more about William & Mary's College Partnership for Kids, click here .

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